The actor, who’s been in Better Call Saul and Arrested Development, will no longer be voicing Jimmy Pesto Sr.
According to reporting from the Daily Beast, two top staff members of the beloved animated Fox series said the 53-year-old is “banned” from his recurring voice role.
Johnston has voiced the fan-favorite character — the owner of Jimmy Pesto’s Pizzeria and a constant antagonistic presence to Bob — for a total of 43 episodes from 2011 to 2021.
While the actor was never confirmed as taking part in the riot, his name started floating around on the internet as suspected participant number 247 following a March 2021 FBI call to identify the individual.
Cassandra Church, an actor who previously worked alongside Johnston, tweeted at the time, “I’m no detective, but I do know Jay. He said he was there. And that’s him in the picture. So…”
And back in May, comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted, “That’s Jay Johnston,” adding, “He’s ‘on the lamb’ now. I can’t believe I’m writing these words.”
The name “Jimmy Pesto” trended on Twitter earlier today as Bob’s Burgers fans reacted to the news, with some joking about how the actor and character share similar staunchly conservative views.
As of right now, the actor has not spoken out or confirmed the ban. He also hasn’t been charged or arrested for any crime.